Above all, classical university rankings consider the quality of teaching, but the majority of students choose their university according to other criteria. A current ranking of Smava has taken that into account.

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How do students choose their study location?

What do German students focus on in the selection worth your place of study? According to SMAVA, most of their universities are not looking for excellence clusters, famous ones Professoren, the well-equipped library or the quality of teaching, but for much more profane things:

The university's reputation, which can be very subjective Quality of life of the city, as leisure activities and pub culture and the cost of living, which must not be too high. However, according to SMAVA, different things are important to each student!

Beer instead of career goal

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The beer in the university pub, the cool party and a cheap, but centrally Located booths are more important to the students than their supposed career opportunities - that doesn't have to be bad, because how many good relationships have already started with a beer in the corner pub?

That should not only give German HR professionals looking for high potentials to think about. Most of the classic university rankings also paint a very one-sided picture from this point of view.

Set your own criteria

This is what Smava wants to do with his ranking. For this purpose the 50 German top universities were rated according to the three factors.

In addition, the interactive graphic presented above allows students to set their own criteria and preferences themselves. As a result, you will receive an assessment of which of the 50 universities best suits your own selection criteria.

How did the “Good reputation” ranking come about?

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And this is how the ranking came about: For the category “Ruf der University” SMAVA then relied on normal university rankings. The mean value was formed from the results of three renowned rankings for sure ensure that no assessment method is overrepresented.

The score in this category is made up of:

The top universities according to this category:

  1. Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg
  2. Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  3. Technical University of Munich
  4. Humboldt University of Berlin
  5. Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
  6. Free University of Berlin
  7. Georg-August-University Goettingen
  8. Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
  9. University of Hamburg
  10. RWTH Aachen University of Technology

How did the “Quality of Life” ranking come about?

In the category “quality of life” indicators were summarized, which stand especially for the quality of life of students, for example the number of students in the city or the number of bars and clubs (in relation to the population).

With many like-minded people around it is much more comfortable. In addition, we have added the number of bicycle thefts, since a good quality of life also means that one feels safe.

The top universities according to this category:

  1. Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
  2. Philipps-University of Marburg
  3. Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen
  4. Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  5. Technical University of Munich
  6. Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg
  7. Darmstadt University of Technology
  8. University of Regensburg
  9. Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
  10. Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg

How did the “Quality of Life” ranking come about?

The Costs for groceries and tuition fees are at a similar level throughout Germany.

Therefore, the cost of living and the cost of going out in the different university cities were compared, because these two factors are obviously particularly important for students.

The ranking is composed equally of these two factors:

The top universities according to this category:

  1. Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
  2. Philipps-University of Marburg
  3. Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen
  4. University of Leipzig
  5. Humboldt University of Berlin
  6. University of Saarland
  7. Free University of Berlin
  8. University of Bayreuth
  9. Georg-August-University Goettingen
  10. Technical University Dresden

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